Thursday, July 31, 2014


New scientific expedition to study remains of thousands of ancient animals in Wyoming cave

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — For the first time in more than 30 years, paleontologists are about to revisit one of North America’s most remarkable troves of late Pleistocene fossils: The bones of tens of thousands of animals piled at least 30 feet deep at the bottom of a sinkhole-type cave.

Report: Rising seas to bring historic floods on Carolinas coast; billions in property at stake

CHARLESTON, S.C. — A new analysis of sea level rise concludes that billions of dollars in property and infrastructure is at risk in extreme floods expected along the coast of the Carolinas in coming years.

Survey finds significant decline in blackbird species found mostly in Central California

FRESNO, Calif. — A blackbird species found mostly in the Central Valley of California has experienced a major decline in its population over the past several years due in part to farming practices, researchers say.
The tricolored blackbird now numbers about 145,000 in the state, down from millions less than a century ago, a survey released Wednesday shows.

Obama to ban fishing, drilling in remote Pacific waters, creating largest ocean reserve

WASHINGTON — Vowing to protect fragile marine life, President Barack Obama acted Tuesday to create the world’s largest ocean preserve by expanding a national monument his predecessor established in waters thousands of miles from the American mainland.

Buffalo Zoo’s new Indian rhino calf conceived from now-dead Cincinnati rhino’s sperm

CINCINNATI, Ohio — The Cincinnati Zoo says a female Indian rhino calf born recently in New York was produced by artificial insemination using sperm from a now-dead Cincinnati rhino.
Zoo officials call the calf born June 5 at the Buffalo Zoo a victory for endangered species.

NASA to test Mars ‘flying saucer’ parachute high in Earth’s atmosphere

LOS ANGELES — NASA is getting ready to launch a “flying saucer” into Earth’s atmosphere to test technology that could be used to land on Mars.
For decades, NASA has depended on the same parachute design to slow spacecraft after they enter the Martian atmosphere. But it needs a larger and stronger parachute if it wants to land heavier objects and astronauts.

Officials set to release endangered Shaus’ swallowtail butterflies in Biscayne National Park

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. — Some rare butterflies are set to be released on an island in Biscayne National Park
Researchers are scheduled to release some Schaus’ swallowtail butterflies Monday on Elliot Key.
The butterflies are only found on one island in the park. In 2012, officials began a captive breeding program to help save the butterfly from extinction.

Dragon fish, chocolate-colored frog, ginger plants among new species found in Myanmar

YANGON, Myanmar — A dragon fish with intricate, maze-like markings on every scale, a toad with rough, chocolate-colored skin and a ginger plant were among more than two dozen new flora and fauna species found in Myanmar since it emerged from a half-century of military rule and isolation.

West Coast groundfish certified as sustainably harvested 14 years after economic disaster

More than a decade after overfishing led to the collapse of the one of the West Coast’s most valuable fisheries, it has been certified as sustainable.

Researchers regrow lost muscle in injured patients with novel stem-cell technique

TORONTO — Researchers have been able to rebuild severely damaged leg muscles in a small number of patients by implanting a pig bladder “scaffold” that draws the body’s own stem cells to the site and coaxes them into becoming new muscle cells.

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